Photo #: 80-G-16669
Battle of the Coral Sea, May 1942
Smoke rises soon after an explosion amidships on USS Lexington (CV-2), 8 May 1942. This is probably the explosion at 1727 hrs that took place as the carrier's abandonment was nearing its end.
Ships standing by include the cruiser Minneapolis (CA-36) and destroyers Morris (DD-417), Anderson (DD-411) and Hammann (DD-412).
Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.
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25 April 2000